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Welcome to the Division of Sleep Medicine

Outstanding patient care, innovative sleep medicine research, educational excellence, and commitment to our community

Our division encompasses the best that the fields of sleep, sleep medicine, and translational sleep science have to offer.  Our clinical faculty and staff have the privilege of diagnosing and managing patients with a diverse range of sleep disorders using a personalized and patient-centered approach.  Additionally, our researchers are exploring new frontiers of sleep and circadian science, exploring investigative areas of basic science to complex sleep disorders.  Starting with the world’s first sleep clinic and laboratory here at Stanford in 1972, we have emerged as the foremost international center for the study of sleep and the management of sleep disorders.  We hope that you will join us in our journey to develop new sleep disorder diagnostic tools and treatments, to continue to drive our specialty forward, and to answer fundamental questions about sleep, including the question that comprises the holy grail of our field… “why do we sleep?”


The Division of Sleep Medicine at Stanford University has garnered global recognition for sleep-related advancements in patient care, research, and education, and is a recognized leader in the management of sleep disorders. The Division has a storied history that had its origin in 1972 as the world’s first sleep clinic and laboratory; since then, Stanford Sleep Medicine is recognized as one of the world’s largest and best-known sleep centers. The Stanford Sleep Medicine Center is housed in our state-of-the-art facility, which contains advanced equipment for the diagnosis and treatment of the 90 different sleep disorders, and includes 14 clinic bedrooms and 4 research bedrooms for overnight in-laboratory sleep studies.

We provide outstanding, personalized care using the most advanced and effective techniques in managing sleep disorders from infancy through old age, such as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia and the latest devices and surgical treatments for obstructive sleep apnea. We also offer specialized clinics for narcolepsy and hypersomnias; neuromuscular disease; obesity-hypoventilation; sleep apnea bariatrics, dentistry, and surgery; restless legs syndrome and other movement disorders; sleep and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; sleep and memory issues; sleep and autonomic dysfunction; and insomnia.

Our goals are to continue building a structure of personalized care and integrated medical approaches, with the overall intent to improve the lives of patients with sleep disorders. We will continue to deliver optimal care for our patients, develop new sleep-related technology, encourage clinical and research collaboration in other areas of medicine, share and disseminate our knowledge to our patients and other stakeholders, and train future leaders of our field.

Clete Kushida, MD, PhD
Chief of the Division and Medical Director of Sleep Medicine

In the Media

Christian Guilleminault, researcher who coined ‘obstructive sleep apnea syndrome,’ dies at 80

Christian Guilleminault, a prolific researcher who helped build Stanford’s sleep disorders clinic into an influential, full-service sleep center, died July 9 of cancer.

Neural sleep patterns emerged at least 450 million years ago

Researchers have found that brain patterns in sleeping zebrafish are similar to those of land vertebrates, suggesting that such sleep signatures developed before aquatic and land animals diverged. A paper describing the research was published July 10 in Nature. Philippe Mourrain, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is the senior author.

Sleep science takes the stage at Big Data in Precision Health

"The field of sleep medicine is very large," said Emmanuel Mignot, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. "And the talks we've heard exemplify that: We can approach sleep medicine at home with an app, or we can create more devices to monitor sleep, but I think the first question we should ask is, 'Why should we study sleep?'"

New research links brain injury from low oxygen to specific cells

Using a lab model, Stanford researchers have identified a type of developing brain cell that is affected by exposure to low oxygen levels. The work was led by Sergiu Pasca, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Anca Pasca, assistant professor of pediatrics.